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Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Monique Scales was in SMU's Fondren Library on the afternoon of Jan. 7, 2015, when a magnitude 3.6 earthquake rumbled across Dallas and Irving. She decided then and there that she didn't know as much about earthquakes as she thought she did. Monique Scales “There were so many things that were weird about it,” Scales recalled. “Nothing was shaking – I heard it.” A little more than two years later, Scales is graduating from SMU with a master's degree in geophysics – and on the road to a career studying earthly rumblings. She’s headed next to the University of Utah to pursue a Ph.D. “I definitely want to continue research,” Scales said. “I would love to work for [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:38:21+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

Researchers Decoded How Plants Tell Time Based On A Protein

Science Times Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Clocks could tell time clearly while it isn’t known by the majority how plants tell time. Fortunately, a research team from Southern Methodist University have been studying for a long time already on how the greeneries tell time. According to Gizmodo, the scientists from the Southern Methodist University worked alongside a team from the University of Washington, Ohio State, and Japan. The overall research team then studied everything about a protein called Zeitlupe or ZTL and another protein called FKF1 to figure out how plants tell time. ZTL was then described to change its shape after being exposed to blue light after an hour or two. The published result of the study in the journal eLife was said to be [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:15:41+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Researchers Decoded How Plants Tell Time Based On A Protein

Political Experts Weigh In On Trump-Russia Investigation

CBS DFW Originally Posted: May 17, 2017 DALLAS (CBS11) – The turmoil in Washington with President Trump and accusations of obstruction of justice have political experts in North Texas offering their thoughts. “This has been 117 days like we’ve never seen,” said Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the Director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. “We’ve never seen a president at this point have so much difficulty, and such low approval rating. This should be the honey moon period of any presidency.” Dr. Engel added the talks and calls for impeachment are getting a lot closer to becoming a reality should be considering to the Trump administration. “The fact that we are discussing impeachment openly less than 6 months into a presidency there is actually no [...]

By | 2017-05-18T09:33:11+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Political Experts Weigh In On Trump-Russia Investigation

SMU’s 102nd annual Commencement Weekend, May 19 and 20, 2017

 Baccalaureate Service :  8:00 p.m. Friday, May 19th Commencement: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20th Watch Online @ smu.edu/live MORE INFO: http://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/MayCommencement  Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 102nd annual Commencement Weekend, May 19 and 20, 2017. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association [...]

Dedman College economics experts quoted in Forbes. Move Over, San Francisco: Dallas Tops Our List Of The Best Cities For Jobs 2017

Forbes Originally Posted: May 15, 2017 Dallas is called the Big D for a reason. Bigger, better, best: that’s the Dallas mindset. From the gigantic Cowboys stadium in Arlington to the burgeoning northern suburbs to the posh Arts District downtown, Dallasites are reinventing their metropolis almost daily. The proposed urban park along the Trinity River, my Dallas friends remind me, will be 11 times bigger than New York’s Central Park. Here’s something else for them to boast about: the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area ranks first this year on our list of the Best Cities For Jobs. It’s a region that in many ways is the polar opposite of the San Francisco and San Jose metropolitan areas, which have dominated our ranking for the last few years. (They still [...]

By | 2017-05-17T14:23:41+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College economics experts quoted in Forbes. Move Over, San Francisco: Dallas Tops Our List Of The Best Cities For Jobs 2017

Study solves mystery of how plants use sunlight to tell time via cell protein signaling

SMU News Originally Posted: May 16, 2017 Discovery may someday allow farmers to grow crops in climates where they currently won’t grow and allows scientists to make a subtle, targeted mutation to a specific native plant protein Findings of a new study solve a key mystery about the chemistry of how plants tell time so they can flower and metabolize nutrients. The process — a subtle chemical event — takes place in the cells of every plant every second of every day. The new understanding means farmers may someday grow crops under conditions or in climates where they currently can’t grow, said chemist Brian D. Zoltowski, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the study. “We now understand the chemistry allowing plants to maintain a natural 24-hour [...]

By | 2017-05-16T18:08:51+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Study solves mystery of how plants use sunlight to tell time via cell protein signaling

Reports of Trump sharing intel with Russians puts relationship with intelligence services in jeopardy

SMU News Originally Posted: May 16, 2017 SMU political science faculty are available to lend their expertise to journalists reporting on the latest politics of the day. A full list of available faculty and their areas of expertise is available here. Following are comments from SMU Political Science Professor Joshua Rovner, the John G. Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security, and director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies: On counterterrorism… “Trump’s decision to share highly classified intelligence with Russia threatens intelligence sharing with third parties, especially regional states like Jordan. The US relies heavily on such agreements, and intelligence officials work hard to sustain relations with their counterparts even during times of political turmoil. Their job just got a lot harder.” [...]

By | 2017-05-16T18:03:53+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Reports of Trump sharing intel with Russians puts relationship with intelligence services in jeopardy

Inspired by grandfather, Arya McCarthy’s student research ranged from simulated brains to political polarization

SMU News Originally Posted: May 16, 2017 Graduating senior Arya McCarthy has been a frequent presence on SMU’s campus practically since the day he could walk. John and young Arya McCarthy As a child, he would stroll across verdant lawns, his tiny hand held firmly in his grandfather’s gentle one, as his grandpa, John McCarthy, checked his mail. John McCarthy was a biology professor at SMU, where he taught Mustangs and researched endocrine physiology from the 1950s up to his retirement in 1999. Neither knew then just how grand a role SMU would play in Arya’s life. Fast forward to the summer of 2016. Arya was a President’s Scholar at SMU, three years into his pursuit of bachelor’s degrees in both math and computer science, [...]

By | 2017-05-16T17:42:23+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Mathematics, Political Science|Comments Off on Inspired by grandfather, Arya McCarthy’s student research ranged from simulated brains to political polarization

Book Review: If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art

D Magazine Originally Posted: May 2017 issue Longtime SMU professor Willard Spiegelman offers art and architecture criticism from a distance in this collection. After calling Dallas home for more than 45 years, Willard Spiegelman has moved north to split his time between New York and Connecticut. To mark the occasion, the writer and longtime SMU professor has released his latest book, If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art, a collection of essays on art and architecture he published in the Wall Street Journal beginning in the late 1980s. Much of the volume is understandably given over to writing about North Texas, such as considered responses to the opening of I.M. Pei’s Meyerson Symphony Center, Renzo Piano’s Nasher Sculpture Center, and Tadao Ando’s Modern Art [...]

By | 2017-05-16T11:15:59+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Book Review: If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art
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